Places to Visit: Lawrenceburg Train Crash

Depending on who you believe, sometime either in the 70’s or sometime well before that, there was a train crash near Lawrenceburg IN.  Some stories indicate it was a circus train and there were fatalities, others indicate it was a simple freight train and the significant problem was a large chemical spill.  Either way you slice it, a number of the cars were left in place in the creek where they landed, either as erosion control, or because they just didn’t have the heavy lifting capability to get them out of the ravine.

Queen City Discovery has a post on them.  One of these days, I want to get over there and take a look.

Discussion in the comments on the QCD post seems to put the location of the wreck in about the area of Shale Rd in Sunman IN.  Here’s a Maps Link to the area I think it is…

CL&N Tunnel North Portal

If you’ve been following along for any length of time, you’ve probably seen my interest in local historical sites of all types, including those related to local railroads.  One of the many places on my list to visit is a remaining tunnel on the CL&N line which used to run from Cincinnati to Dayton through Lebanon.  Much of the track is gone, but there are a number of features remaining from the line.  I actually visited several on the day I visited the tunnel, but I’ll save those for other posts.

I didn’t get to do as much photography and scouting as I would have liked, because this was an impromptu visit, more for scouting than anything else.  I will be back though, with better camera equipment, lights, and suitable attire for sloshing through the standing water in a 100+ year old tunnel!   Here’s the images I captured this time around.

Places to Visit – CL&N Bridge

In my ongoing fascination with history and railroads, one that has caught my eye is the CL&N.  Some of the features of the right of way are still in place, and one you may recall me mentioning is the CL&N Tunnel near downtown Cincinnati.  Another remnant of the line is the bridge that crosses the I-71 corridor.  Maybe when I get a chance to go check out the tunnel, I’ll check out the bridge on the way back north!

Here’s a discussion on Queen City Discovery on their visit to the bridge.